City Lights Authors in the News

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Writing on the Wall
Selected Prison Writings of Mumia Abu-Jamal
Mumia Abu-Jamal, Johanna Fernandez

"Article about Mumia Abu-Jamal in Counterpunch"

Greg Ruggiero writes about the relationship between Mumia Abu-Jamal and the literary agent Francis Goldin in Counterpunch.

-Greg Ruggiero Jun 19, 2014

"Johanna Fernandez interviewed on Democracy Now!"

In a stunning vote, a group of U.S. Senate Democrats broke ranks to join Republicans in rejecting President Obama's pick to head the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, Debo Adegbile. The confirmation fight focused almost solely on Adegbile’s role in the legal defense of imprisoned Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal, who was convicted of killing a Philadelphia police officer, despite Abu-Jamal’s longstanding position of being not guilty. Adegbile was part of a team of lawyers at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund who successfully argued the trial judge’s jury instructions violated Abu-Jamal’s rights. Adegbile’s supporters say the attacks on him mark a new form of Willie Horton politics and race baiting. Democracy Now! discusses the controversy with two guests: Johanna Fernández, professor of history at Baruch College-CUNY and a coordinator with the Campaign to Bring Mumia Home, and Ryan Haygood, director of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund’s Political Participation Group.

-Democracy Now! Mar 6, 2014

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The Penguin's Song
Hassan Daoud

"An excerpt from The Penguin's Song by Hassan Daoud in the Asymptote Journal."

Read an excerpt from the novel The Penguin's Song as featured in the online journal Asymptote.

-Hassan Daoud, Asymptote Journal Jun 19, 2014

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A Corner of the World
Mylene Fernández-Pintado

"'The mechanic & the professor', an excerpt from Mylene Fernández-Pintado’s A Corner of the World"

An excerpt from the first chapter of A Corner of the World appears in the "Cuba Today" section of Cuba Absolutely.

-Mylene Fernández-Pintado (translated by Dick Cluster), Cuba Absolutely Jun 12, 2014

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Thousand Times Broken
Three Books
Henri Michaux

"Thousand Times Broken listed in Publisher's Weekly Top 10 Poetry Books"

Thousand Times Broken chosen for Publisher's Weekly Fall 2014 Fall Announcements as one of the top 10 new poetry books.

-Publisher's Weekly Jun 26, 2014

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Lunch Poems
50th Anniversary Edition
Frank O'Hara

"Poetry Foundation features essay on anniversary publication"

Callie Siskel offers a thoughtful and engaging assessment of Frank O'Hara’s Lunch Poems on its 50th anniversary.

-Callie Siskel, Poetry Foundation Jul 9, 2014

"Feature in The New York Times Book Review"

Senior staff writer John Williams writes about the 50th anniversary edition is his "Open Books" column
"Lunch Poems Turns 50: Two years ago, the WNYC radio host Leonard Lopate asked his listeners to vote for 10 objects that best told the story of New York. (The Greek coffee cup and the subway token were Numbers 1 and 2, respectively.) The only work of art to make the list was Frank O'Hara's collection Lunch Poems. The San Francisco-based City Lights published a 50th anniversary edition of the book earlier this month. It contains a preface by John Ashbery as well as reproductions of letters between O'Hara and the publisher Lawrence Ferlinghetti, who is now 95."

-John Williams, The New York Times Book Review Jun 29, 2014

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Tender Buttons
The Corrected Centennial Edition
Gertrude Stein, Seth Perlow

"Harriet, blog of The Poetry Foundation"

Harriet gives Tender Buttons a nice shout out, linking to the City Lights podcast series recording of the San Francisco book event.

-Harriet May 7, 2014

"Essay: Keeping up with Gertrude Stein 100 years later."

Richard Froude discusses Tender Buttons on it's centennial for Colorado Public Radio.

-Richard Froude, Colorado Public Radio Apr 28, 2014

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Border Patrol Nation
Dispatches from the Front Lines of Homeland Security
Todd Miller

"Tomgram: Todd Miller, Bill of Rights Rollback in the U.S. Borderlands"

Todd Miller is back with another hair-raising tale from America's borderlands.

-Todd Miller, Jul 15, 2014

"Interview on The Real News Network"

"We're looking at children fleeing situations of violence in their home country . . . when Obama characterized this as a humanitarian situation, he was very correct. We're dealing with refugees."—Todd Miller interviewed on The Real News Network

-Anton Woronczuk, The Real News Network Jul 11, 2014

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Dia Felix

"Dia Felix mentioned in Watch, then Read: The Best Book Trailers Out There" reviews the book trailer for Dia Felix's Nochita.

-Sara Dobie Bauer, May 22, 2014

"Dia Felix: Growing Up Uncanny in California"

Dia Felix interviewed by Daphne Sidor for Lambda Literary Review.

-Daphne Sidor, Lambda Literary Review Apr 28, 2014

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Stray Poems
San Francisco Poet Laureate Series No. 6
Alejandro Murguía

"Alejandro Murguía talks with Michael Krasny on KQED's Forum"

Alejandro Murguía discusses his bilingual poetry and his role as poet laureate of San Francisco with Michael Krasny on KQED

-Michael Krasny, KQED Jun 12, 2014

"Alejandro Murguía highlighted in KCET's L.A. Letters"

Alejandro Murguía is discussed as a central figure in San Francisco, the "City of Poets".

-Mike Sonksen, L.A. Letters Apr 24, 2014

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Nan Dòmi
An Initiate's Journey into Haitian Vodou
Mimerose Beaubrun

"With Your Whole Being", An Excerpt of Nan Dòmi

An excerpt of Nan Dòmi appears in the Summer 2014 issue of Parabola.

-Mimerose P Beaubrun, Parabola May 27, 2014

"Excerpt from Mimerose Beaubrun's latest book, Nan Dòmi"

Nan Dòmi, written by Mimerose Beaubrun, gets appreciated on Reality Sandwich.

-Mimerose Beaubrun, Reality Sandwich Mar 14, 2014

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The End of San Francisco
Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore


City Lights is proud to announce that Mattilda's The End of San Francisco is the winner of the 2014 Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Nonfiction.

-Lambda Literary Awards Jun 12, 2014

"Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore interviewed in The Brooklyn Rail"

Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, author of The End of San Francisco, shares what she learned while writing, a really important part of the book and much more with Kathleen Rooney.

-Kathleen Rooney, The Brooklyn Rail Feb 5, 2014

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Dear White America
Letter to a New Minority
Tim Wise

"Tim Wise interviewed on MSNBC's All in With Chris Hayes"

On the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer, Tim Wise (author of, most recently, Dear White America: Letter to a New Minority) discusses the realities of cross-racial organizing, along with panelist Melissa Harris-Perry.

-Tim Wise, Jun 26, 2014

"Tim Wise on W. Kamau Bell's show Totally Biased"

Tim Wise discusses white privilege on Totally Biased on the FX Network. 

-W. Kamau Bell, Totally Biased Sep 25, 2013

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Green Is the New Red
An Insider's Account of a Social Movement Under Siege
Will Potter

"Will Potter reveals a surprising fact about his book in a TED Talk excerpt"

At about 3:40 min into this short video excerpt, Potter explains that via the Freedom of Information Act he's discovered what the U.S. Bureau of Counterterrorism thinks about his book.

-Will Potter, TED Jun 12, 2014

"Will Potter comes to light in TED"

Will Potter, author of Green is the New Red, discusses the problem of treating environmentalists like terrorists.

-Karen Eng, TED Blog Jan 31, 2014